Emre Can didnt made his Debut
Liverpool’s summer signing Emre Can struggled to make his debut due to a succession of injury problems at the start of the campaign.
However, he has become one of the key members of the squad in an unlikely position. Even though he has been a midfielder throughout his career, the German international has established himself as one amongst the back three in recent months. The shift back to playing three defenders at the back has been hugely helpful for Brendan Rodgers to overturn a poor run of form at the start of the campaign.
The 21-year-old has already featured in 21 appearances for the club in all competitions. Due to the high level of consistency that he has been providing in every match, there have been comparisons with outgoing captain Steven Gerrard. The former England international will be leaving the club after decades of service. He is set to join LA Galaxy on a free transfer and talk has already begun about his potential replacement. Even though Jordan Henderson has been sharing the captaincy over the last few months, some have mentionedEmre Can as a potential successor. The youngster, though, says that he cannot be compared with a player like Gerrard, who has such a big presence at Liverpool.
“The coach knows that I prefer the role in midfield and that I see myself there in the future.But as great as the comparisons to Steven Gerrard sound, I can never be like him. I wouldn’t really call myself a right-back. It is demanded that I have an attacking approach, and also get involved in the build-up play. Indeed, the position was a surprise to me at first. I had never played it before, and feel more at home in midfield. But during my youth I also played at centre-back. Maybe that’s why adjusting wasn’t that difficult,” said Can.